Monday, September 28, 2020
VIRTUAL PROGRAM DETAILS
Exploit the Full WWTP Potential: Digester Optimization & Biogas Utilization
Hosted by the Consulate General of Denmark - The Trade Council
Wastewater Reclamation Facility operators, as they operate or update their existing plants, have a great opportunity to look into the optimization potential of their digester and biogas infrastructure – i.e. generate additional energy and tipping fee revenue from intake of food waste, and be a positive force in addressing climate change through innovate solutions and technologies.
Guest speaker Greg Kester, Director of Renewable Resource Programs at CASA, provided an overview of the unexploited opportunities and challenges of co-digestion and biogas at Wastewater Reclamation Facilities.
During this webinar, the following themes were covered:
Partners in Innovation: How to Collaborate with Universities and National Labs
Panel Discussion, Free
Hosted by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Teaming up with universities and national labs gives industry access to some of the brightest minds and most innovative tools to build their R&D pipeline. This panel discussed the various opportunities for research collaboration, available capabilities and technologies for licensing across the University of Chicago, Argonne, and Fermi – and the best ways in which to engage as partners in innovation.
Watch the event here.
New Research in UV LED Disinfection
Hosted by Halo
The germ-killing properties of UV light makes it an attractive alternative to chemicals for water disinfection. Much more recently, scientists have developed LED UV technology that offers the same advantages, but with much broader application due to its smaller size and lower power requirements. Halo, the collaboration platform for scientific innovation, had an interactive webinar with some of the leading scientists and startups working in the field of UV LED water disinfection. Researchers provided an overview of their latest innovations and how they may be applied to a commercial setting.
Promoting Equity: Assisting Low-Income Chicago Residents with Water Bills and Lead Service Line Replacement
Hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Water Management
Chicago has recently announced two equity-focused programs to provide lower income residents with assistance in paying their water bills and replacing lead service lines that could serve as a model for other communities. Utility Billing Relief (UBR) provides low-income Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax as well as debt relief for those who demonstrate they can manage the reduced rate bills for one year. The Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program will provide complete lead service line replacement for eligible low-income residents whose water has consistently tested above 15ppb.
City officials offered the specifics of each program and reviewed how equity was woven into the development of each. Speakers included:
Angela Tovar, City of Chicago Office of the Mayor
Panel Discussion, Free
Hosted by Sierra Club - Illinois Chapter
Clean water workforce careers are essential to not only physical health but our economic health as well. Illinois' infrastructure is in dire need of repair. Building, repairing and upgrading our water infrastructure will create thousands of good paying jobs. Water infrastructure upgrades will protect our rivers and lakes from pollutants and ensure clean drinking water for all. The "Blue Workforce" sector is wide open and ready to meet 21st century challenges through cutting edge innovative technology.
Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate
Daily 9 AM - 5 PM, available through October 30
Art Exhibition, Free
Glass Curtain Gallery – Columbia College Chicago
1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor, Chicago
Gallery capacity is 10 visitors; masks are required
Hosted by Third Coast Disrupted, a collaboration between Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University’s Institute for Nature and Culture, and Terracom
An exhibition of newly commissioned artworks culminating a yearlong conversation between artists and scientists centered on climate change impacts and solutions in the Chicago region.
Through science-inspired sculpture, painting, collage and more, the artworks examine local impacts -- happening here and now -- ranging from extreme heat to flooding to habitat loss, and more. They also shine light on local solutions underway, like "cool roofs," nature-based approaches to slowing stormwater, and backyard habitat restoration. Some imagine future possibilities.